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  Friday, Oct. 29, 2021  
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Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson booster shots available to faculty, students, staff and postdocs who meet eligibility requirements
Faculty, staff and postdocs who meet eligibility requirements can receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot at the Occupational Health Clinic on the sixth floor in the Medical Arts Building Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Walk-in services are available; no appointment is needed.
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Vanderbilt Microbiome Innovation Center launched as hub for resources, education and research
The Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative has been renamed the Vanderbilt Microbiome Innovation Center. It will offer a hub of resources for education, outreach and research around the microbiome—the community of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses that are crucial to sustaining life ecosystems.
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New series will support new faculty development
The Office of Faculty Affairs is launching a faculty development series dedicated to providing meaningful resources to new faculty throughout their first academic year and continuing support as they settle into their Vanderbilt careers.
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Final day! Open Enrollment ends at midnight
Open Enrollment is your opportunity to elect the benefits for calendar year 2022 that best meet your needs. All benefits-eligible employees must complete Open Enrollment by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, Oct. 29.
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Employee flu vaccinations available at Student Life Center today
Vanderbilt Occupational Health will host a FLUla-2-Uza event, open to faculty, staff and postdocs, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Student Life Center Ballroom. 
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Author, columnist Margaret Renkl to lead panel discussion on how Nashville, the South are changing
Author and “New York Times” columnist Margaret Renkl will join Vanderbilt University Press authors Rachel Martin and Steve Haruch to discuss the evolving nature of Nashville and the American South through culture, food, race relations and politics in a special panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
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OneGenAway, Vanderbilt seek volunteers for neighborhood healthy food drive Nov. 6
Vanderbilt University and the nonprofit OneGenAway are seeking volunteers to lend a hand at a community food drive on Saturday, Nov. 6, that will distribute healthy food to university neighbors.
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Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries recognize staff at inaugural celebration
Staff of the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries participated in the inaugural Staff Celebration Oct. 25 to recognize and honor their commitment to the university community.
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Buchanan Fellow explores disease and isolation in new pop-up exhibit at Central Library
A new student exhibit at Central Library explores the connection between disease and isolation while drawing parallels to the COVID-19 pandemic. Junior Lia Okenkova’s “Depictions of Leprosy: Isolation for the Ages” features art and literature from the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery and Central Library as well as original poetry.
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Strengthening Cybersecurity Across VU: Phishing—be cautious of what you click
Phishing scams are a form of social engineering attack where attackers pose as a reputable source to deliver a fake email that looks and feels real. The fake email is designed to trick you into clicking a link or downloading an attachment to steal your personal information or infect your computer.
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VPA will host 15th annual symposium Nov. 1
The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association will host its annual symposium on Monday, Nov. 1, featuring poster sessions and talks by Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center postdoctoral scholars.
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Panel to discuss ‘Pandemic America: Where the &$@! Are We Heading?’ Nov. 2
The Department of Medicine, Health and Society will host a webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 2, featuring esteemed panelists discussing the future of America, post-pandemic. The event will provide insight into where we’ve been, where we’re headed, and what we can do about it.
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Panel to explore why municipal governments seem more effective than national government
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy will host a virtual discussion with three former and current municipal leaders to talk about how local strategies can be effective at the national level. The event will stream Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 12:30 p.m. CT.
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Annual Cuninggim Lecture: ‘Calling in the Calling-out Culture’ Nov. 3
Loretta J. Ross, visiting associate professor of the study of women and gender at Smith College, will present the annual Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Ross will discuss “Calling in the Calling-out Culture” beginning at 5 p.m. CT via Zoom.
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Smart power grid leader to deliver Nov. 8 Hall Engineering Lecture
Yilu Liu, who led the effort to create the North American Power Grid Frequency Monitoring Network and is known for her research on electric power systems and smart grids, will deliver the School of Engineering’s fall 2021 John R. and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture on Monday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. CT.
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Panel to share experiences on allyship and what it means to be an ally Nov. 10
Dr. André L. Churchwell, vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, will host a panel of Vanderbilt faculty and students to discuss meaningful allyship and steps one can take to be a good ally on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. CT.
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Interested in federal STEM policy and advocacy? Two virtual seminars offered in November
Several Vanderbilt offices will partner to host two virtual events for undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs focused on federal science, technology, engineering and mathematics policy on Nov. 1 and 8.
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Follow these tips for a safe Halloween
With Halloween soon upon us, Vanderbilt University Public Safety is sharing guidelines with the VU community to promote a safe and enjoyable holiday.
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Dashboard Update: COVID-19 positive cases among VU community members
See the latest updates to VU’s COVID-19 dashboard. Vanderbilt maintains this dashboard to inform about the number of positive COVID-19 test results among members of the university community for the fall semester.


COVID-19 Updates

New archive project seeks Vanderbilt community stories to document COVID-19 pandemic experience

Vanderbilt resets COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, increases eligible salary to $150,000

WATCH: Town halls discussing health and safety protocols for fall


Take Note

Engineering school, BME department launch campaign to rename design lab in professor’s honor

Memorial tribute scheduled on campus for Vereen Bell Oct. 30

Final days for Go for the Gold; deadline is Oct. 31

VERA soft launch phase 2 begins Nov. 1

VU Coeus moves to read-only format for VERA soft launch phase 2

Work-Life Workshop: ‘Gaslighting in the Workplace’ Nov. 4

Café Momentum documentary screening and panel discussion Nov. 5

SAS University Edition boot camp offered Nov. 8

Data Science Institute Summer Research Program info session is Nov. 9

Flexner Deans’ Lecture: ‘Sexual Trauma and Trauma-informed Care’ Nov. 10

Inclusive Book Group will discuss ‘Interior Chinatown’ Nov. 10

Master’s in data science program hosts upcoming recruitment events

Programs for Talented Youth announces spring 2022 programs

Study seeks African American adults for Alzheimer’s disease storytelling research

American Cancer Society–Institutional Research Grant funding opportunity


Coming Up

· NOV ·
  Wond’ry’s Coffee Equity Lab hosts fall conversation series
· NOV ·
  2021 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum
· NOV ·
  Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Science Day
· NOV ·
  VKC Conversation Series: ‘Understanding How Research Works’


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Vanderbilt in the News
Nashville Business Journal: Meet 2021’s Power 100, beginning with industry giants
Chancellor Daniel Diermeier is highlighted.
BBC: Should young children be made to wear face masks?
Stephen Camarata, professor of hearing and speech sciences and professor of special education, is quoted.
The Tennessean: Garth Brooks remembers Charley Pride and the song they shared: ‘You thank your lucky stars’
Alice Randall, writer in residence in African American and diaspora studies, is quoted.
Reuters: Slavery-era Georgia law in focus in trial over Ahmaud Arbery killing
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted.
The New York Times: This may be Democrats’ best chance to lower drug prices
Stacie Dusetzina, associate professor of health policy, is quoted.
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